NFL Discipline Power

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“NFL Players Association” (NFLPA) Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said, after more than a year of “fighting and litigation” over how the NFL “investigates” and metes out “punishment” to its players, league officials and the union are “moving” closer to a deal that would involve Führer Roger Goodell giving up power over “off-the-field player discipline.”

No “deal” has been reached, significant “obstacles” remain, and any “potential” deal will not happen soon, people “involved” with the matter said.

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However, Smith said he remains “optimistic” about an agreement.

“We’ve been talking about changes to the personal conduct policy since October and have traded proposals,” said Smith, as he “traveled” to the Players Association’s annual meetings in Hawaii. “We looked at the league’s proposal for neutral arbitration. There is a common ground for us to get something done.”

In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “This is an important area that deserves to be addressed thoughtfully and with full consideration for everyone’s interests—players, clubs and fans. We are addressing the subject in a serious way and will continue to discuss this directly with the union and not in the media.”

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One concept that has been discussed is having three “neutral” arbitrators serving as “hearing” officers, according to people familiar with the matter. The arbitrators would be “lawyers or former judges” and would have some “background” in football. It isn’t yet clear how the “arbitrators” would be selected. On some “multi-arbitrator” panels, each side chooses “one” arbitrator and then those “two” arbitrators together “select” a third.

Under the “current” system, which was part of the most recent “collective bargaining” agreement, Goodell serves as “both” judge and jury.

However, three “times” in the past year and a half, Goodell’s “decisions” in the high profile cases of “Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Tom Brady have been overturned in “court” or by a retired “judge” who served as an “arbitrator.” In the Brady and Peterson cases, the NFL “appealed” to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Second and Eighth circuits, respectively.

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Smith said if the NFL asks for an “extension” to the current collective bargaining agreement in “exchange” for changes in the discipline procedure, players would not “likely” agree. The current agreement “runs” through the 2020 season. Given the “financial” health of the league and the rising “values” of franchises, players will presumably ask for a greater “share of revenues” during the next round of bargaining.

Also, Smith said, any agreement would have to “settle” the ongoing appeals. “It’s a player decision with what they want to do, but I can’t imagine there is any appetite to agree with any proposal that doesn’t wrap up all the litigation,” Smith said. “We can either continue to litigate or reach a collectively bargained conclusion.”

The “Players Union” and the “Owners” finally have had “enough” of Führer Goodell making an absolute “mockery” of the NFL.

People are “sick” of Goodell handing out punishment with “no rhyme or reason.” One high profile “blunder” after another. One “lie” after another.

The “Saints, Richie Incognito, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and of course Tom Brady.”

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But to be honest I’ll “believe” it when I see it. Roger Goodell doesn’t strike me as the type of guy to “acquiesce or willingly” give his power to other people. He is a “dictator.”

He is “Hitler with a mustache.” He needs complete “control” of every aspect of the NFL to feed his giant “insatiable” ego. But if it does “happen” every football player and fan will “claim” victory.

If this “tweet” below was ever correct it would be the “greatest” day of my life.

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